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Game Thread: Florida Gators at Vanderbilt Commodores

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It’s Homecoming! At 11 AM!

NCAA Football: Vanderbilt at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gators (5-1, 3-1 SEC) at Vanderbilt Commodores (3-3, 0-2 SEC)

When: 11:00 AM CT, Saturday, October 13, 2018

Where: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

TV: ESPN/WatchESPN

Radio: Vanderbilt IMG Sports Network

The Vanderbilt Commodores have lost their first two games in SEC play, dropping a 37-14 decision to South Carolina back on September 22 and a 41-13 loss to Georgia last weekend. They’ll look to pick up their first SEC win of the season today as the Florida Gators come to town for what is Vanderbilt’s only home game in a six-week stretch. After this, the Commodores will travel to Kentucky and Arkansas over the next two weeks; then, after a bye week, they’ll travel to Missouri.

That partially explains why this is Vanderbilt’s Homecoming game, and as you’ll recall, homecoming is about more than football: James Wiseman, the nation’s top basketball recruit, will be in town for his official visit. So that’s something. Let’s hope that is less interesting than the game, in which Florida opened as a 10-point favorite and is now a 7-point favorite, indicating that a lot of gamblers are more confident in the Commodores than we are, which is... weird. Jeff Sagarin’s ratings think that Florida should be favored by about 13, and S&P+ predicts a 34-20 final score. (I, for one, do not think this game will be that high-scoring.)

Anyway, let’s see if this game hearkens back to the old traditions of the Jefferson Pilot Network, with its bad camera work and insistence on having a man named Dave on the broadcast. There is a man named Dave on ESPN’s broadcast, but it’s Dave Pasch, not Dave Neal; and he’ll be joined in the booth by Greg McElroy, who is decidedly NOT named Dave (and is also not Dave Pasch’s broadcast partner for college basketball games, Bill Walton, which is a severe disappointment.)

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